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The Lissted UK Retail Top 100: Britain’s most influential retail Twitter accounts


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Background Back in April, Newcastle-based influence analysis platform Lissted prompted quite a lot of reaction when it published its list of the 250 most influential...

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Digital Argos store in Tottenham Court Road, London (12 Sep 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Ian Jindal Q&A: “Customers see mobile as the remote control for the brands they trust”


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Those of us who like attending retail and digital-related conferences certainly never have any shortage of potential events to attend. My own excursions are limited a touch...

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Taking the peril out of online marketing: download my slides from last week’s talk in Stockton


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It was a pleasure to speak at Enterprise Made Simple’s Flippin’ Good Networking event in Stockton last week, sharing my online marketing tips – on web...

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Pep&Co first look: checking out the store and its offer as the Kettering branch opens its doors


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Last month I wrote about the impending arrival of new value fashion and homewares chain Pep&Co – and its first store, in Kettering, has now...

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Retailer Q&A with Rosie Willett Designs: “Ecommerce is fantastic for reaching people all over the world”


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Talking to retailers – as I spend much of my time doing – it’s interesting how many businesses have embraced Facebook and its Pages functionality, but...

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Middlesbrough among the first locations for new value fashion chain Pep&Co


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Few consumers will have heard of it yet – for one thing, there’s no Twitter or Facebook presence that I can see – but new value...

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Retail supplier Q&A with Amber Arch mystery shopping: “Market trends do change”


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In my line of work as a retail consultant (as always, you can read more about my business, CannyInsights.com, here), I regularly find myself heading into...

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Fascia of 'Not Woolworths' in Coatbridge (4 Dec 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Woolworths: How speculation about its “return to the high street” all began with a dodgy April Fool


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If you’ve read the news headlines over the last couple of days, you could be forgiven for thinking that Woolworths is about to come back...

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Tesco store closure list revealed: three North East shops to go


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Tesco has today revealed the list of 43 stores that it intends to close – with three North East branches among their number. Eighteen of...

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Retailer Q&A with Bang Tidy Clothing: “We have so many opportunities right now”


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I’ve written before about independent online businesses – like fashion accessories store Tesoros – that have managed to carve a great niche for themselves in...

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Former Mecca club in Wallsend - soon to be a Wetherspoon pub (21 Jun 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Exploring bingo’s place on the high street – and the online challenges that parallel retail


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If you follow my blogs and tweets religiously, you’ll know that I spend a fair chunk of my time travelling up and down the country,...

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George Rye: a little bit of Newcastle retail history uncovered again, five years after the last time


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Long-time readers of Soult’s Retail View may recall my blog post from August 2009, where I wrote about part of the William Hill fascia at...

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A brief history of Morpeth Woolworths


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As you’d probably expect, I get my fair share of Woolworths-related enquiries, given that I’ve written (and talked) so much about the retailer’s long and...

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Soon-to-be Poundland in St George's Way (19 May 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Poundland to take Eldon Square spot next to Waitrose


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If you’ve passed through the St George’s Way mall of Newcastle’s Eldon Square in the last few days, you’ll have noticed new hoardings around the three...

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A business built on “staff knowledge and passion”: Q&A with Leisure Lakes Bikes


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One of the most interesting things to emerge from my regular Retailer Q&A features is a sense of how different, longstanding independents are navigating the increasingly multichannel...

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Selling “treasures” online in the fast-growing fashion accessories space: Q&A with Tesoros


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With my CannySites.com business traditionally focusing upon stores in the home, garden and holidays space, it’s fair to say that fashion probably hasn’t been my...

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Site of Poundland, Trinity Square, Gateshead (2 March 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 5

New Gateshead Poundland to open on 29 March – with existing store retained for now


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One of the eight new Poundland stores scheduled to open by the end of March is the long-awaited branch at Gateshead’s Trinity Square development, which Poundland’s...

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Poundland (former Woolworths), Argyle Street, Glasgow (20 Nov 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

As Poundland prepares to float, what are the secrets of “the new Woolies'” success?


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As Poundland gets ready to float on the London Stock Exchange this week, in a move expected to value the business at £750m – similar in...

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Nine months in, Gateshead’s Trinity Square hits footfall high and eyes 100% occupancy


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When Gateshead’s Trinity Square opened its doors in May last year, you could have been forgiven for being a little underwhelmed by the extent of...

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